Brian, Database links have been around for a long time and are reliable and dependable for connecting to other Oracle databases. As for Sql*Server try to get your hands on a copy of Oracle's transparent gateway for Sql*Server. It's easy top set up and if memory works right not that expensive. Then just write your scripts & your off. Dick Goulet Senior Oracle DBA PAREXEL International ________________________________ From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Zelli, Brian Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:37 PM To: Oracle L Subject: data move concept Hello all, I have systems that need to take data from other systems like most of you probably have to do. I need to take from sql server and other oracle systems. I can do it the old fashion way of creating flat files, ftp and sqlload. But with the tools of 10g is there a better way? Something that is reliable, re-runnable, error trapping, etc..... I tested some things like: - DTS from sql server 2000 into a temp table and then ran scripts against the temp table - Created a link to oracle and did a select into - flat file and sqlload Anything else? I just want to try and use something current and reliable for moving and loading data. I am open to all kinds of ideas. ciao, Brian This email message may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), or the employee or agent responsible for the delivery of this message to the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this email message is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete this email message from your computer. Thank you.